Homemade pizza dough is easy to make at home: here’s our step by step video tutorial that will have you baking homemade pizza in no time!

We love writing instructions on how to do things (it’s actually our professional career!). But let’s face it – learning by reading isn’t always the best method. Especially when it involves things that are hard to explain, like the texture of dough, or how to cut an onion. A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, how about a thousand (or so) pictures?

We are so excited to unveil our first A Couple Cooks original instructional video!  And what better place to start than pizza? Alex has been pondering how to share with you some of the secrets of his pizza crust for a while. (Since he’s the pizza crust master in our house, they’re secrets that I didn’t even know until I watched the video!) He shot, directed, and produced this video to show you some of the magic he does to get the perfect pizza crust (the result of many years of trial and error!). Check it out, and get inspired to start your own home pizzeria!

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Easy Homemade Pizza Dough


  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 6 minutes
  • Yield: 2 medium pizzas 1x

Description

Homemade pizza dough is easy to make at home: here’s our step by step video tutorial that will have you baking homemade pizza in no time!


Ingredients

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  • 450 grams (3 cups) flour
  • 2 teaspoons (1 packet) instant yeast
  • ½ tablespoon (1 glug) olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon (2 pinches) kosher salt
  • 1 ⅓ cups warm water
  • Cornmeal

Instructions

  1. Start out by watching our video to get a feel for the process.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine all ingredients (except cornmeal). Leave out a small amount of the water.
  3. Using the dough hook from the mixer, stir until a loose dough forms. If a dough doesn’t form, add the rest of the water. If the dough is extremely wet and sticky, and a pinch of flour.
  4. Attach the dough hook to the mixer and start on a low speed. Gradually increase the speed to medium until a ball forms. This should take about 30 seconds. If the dough does not release from the sides of the bowl, add a pinch of flour. If the dough is very dry and floury, add a small amount of water.
  5. Once the dough forms into a ball, allow the mixer to knead for 8 minutes at medium-high.
  6. After the kneading is finished, divide the dough in half. Using floured hands, gently shape each dough into a boule. Set each boule on a floured surface and dab with a little bit of olive oil to keep moist. Cover with a damp towel and allow to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. To stretch the dough, pick up the risen dough and gently shape it into a circle. Do not over-work or fold the dough. Drape the dough over both of your knuckles and rotate it around, allowing gravity to stretch it into a circle. If the dough starts to resist stretching, put it down and allow it to rest for a few minutes, at which point it will stretch more easily.
  8. Sprinkle a little bit of cornmeal onto a pizza peel or rimless baking sheet. Place the stretched dough onto the peel and quickly add toppings. Cook at 500° for 5-7 minutes until browned. Enjoy!

Notes

Start this recipe about an hour before you want to make your pizza. Start pre-heating your oven 15 minutes into the rise time.

  • Category: Pizza Dough
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Easy homemade pizza dough, pizza, stand mixer, mixer, kitchenaid, kitchenaid pizza dough,

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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51 Comments

  1. Darn…I was really looking forward to watching you toss and spin that dough in the air. Just kidding! Great video :) I have been wanting to try making a pizza for a while, and I don’t feel so intimidated now.

    1. Tried the pizza dough recipe with my new kitchenaid mixer. Turned out great. Will probably never order pizza again. Thanks for a new favorite. Going to try your sour dough recipe next.

      1. OH we are so glad to hear this! Thank you so much for making it. And let us know what you think of the sourdough!

    1. Thanks! I think I like being behind the camera more than in front of it… I might hire an actor to play me in our next video with CraftedSpoon.

  2. AMAZNG video and I just love the catchy music. You make it all look so easy. I just need to get a dough hook and then I will attempt to make my own dough.

    Keep the videos coming!

  3. Alex ~ terrific, helpful video. I was hoping that it would introduce your happy face and the voice that goes with it, but how can you improve on perfection?
    Great little project for a snowy day like today. Thanks!

  4. Love the video! makes me want to make it, which I will! Looking forward to more, and love the music! Please post the name of the song, and artist, if you wouldn’t mind. I love your blog!

  5. Love the video!! Congrats on the new addition to the blog. Can’t wait to see more. I’ve needed something like this since making pizza dough has just been a sticky mess every time I’ve tried it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. If you want to get technical, they say that 105°F-110°F is ideal. But, I just stick my finger in the water – it should feel warm but not hot.

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